December 31, 2014

Pinwheel Napkin Fold: Tablescape Ideas

Pinwheel Napkin Fold

There’s just something about gorgeous linens and napkins all folded up pretty like that makes my table so very happy. I’ve been experimenting with napkin folds over the last couple years and slowly, but surely, I will share them all […]

Won’t You Join Me?

Take Rest

There’s a soft subtle breeze that whispers through the tree tops. The crickets, frogs, birds, and a host of other creatures I try to identify without success bellow a cacophony of instrumentation that I haven’t heard in months. It’s a […]

Ever So Fun Inexpensive Table Centerpieces (perfect for Easter)


I shared my favorite ever tablescape idea right before Easter last year, and for many of you, it was too late to give it a try. Since I am just starting my Wheat Grass centerpiece, as in, I have to […]

Last Minute Easter Ideas – Food, Decor, Games, Traditions


I am always in need of last minute holiday inspiration, so why not share the little bit of last minute Easter ideas I have to help you as well. FYI: I need some divine inspiration for my egg decorating. It […]

Thanksgiving Ideas, Traditions, Decor and More

Easy Thanksgiving Craft

Some how life blurred between October and November, and the many blog post drafts with wonderful Thanksgiving ideas and traditions never were completed. So here is a round up of some of last year’s Thanksgiving ideas, meal inspirations, and just […]

Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary – Open Your Cabinets (31 Days)

pretty dishes

When I think of making my home a haven, there are immediate impulses of redecorating, fluffing pillows, hanging beautiful pictures and just making things more cozy. Often, we overlook the easy and instantaneous ways that we can make the ordinary […]

Simple Summer Time Brunch and Tablescape

outdoor tablescape

Recently, I’ve shared about my Harried Hospitality and our Spontaneous Family Reunion. I was convicted and inspired about why we open our home. It’s not about the house, or the food, but about the connections being made. With that being […]

Hospitality for the Non Perfectionist

hosting a large group of people2

For the first time in over a week, I sit in silence. Our house has been bustling with a spontaneous family reunion (They drove from CO, WI, Oregon and MN). The chatter has been non stop (understatement), the fridge has […]

DIY Pedestal Cake Plate – Easy Centerpieces

Wooden Cake Stand

Creating a frugal, yet elegant tablescape begins with a wonderful centerpiece. I shared how one of the easiest ways to achieve that look is by layering cake stands, yet I realize that many of you many not have any cake […]

Preparing for a large crowd of guests


What do you do when your son “reminds” you that there are 100 guests invited to his Sweet 16 party in three days (which is today)?

1. Don’t panic.

Creative Party Ideas: DIY Coffee Bar

DIY Coffee Bar for parties and weddings

(explanation of the DIY coffee bar below) I am quite sure that one of my love languages comes in a hot, brown liquid form. So when my niece had an amazingly creative party idea, and offered not only a coffee […]

Creating a Tablescape: Tablescape Ideas

Great explanation of a tablescape and the elements needed to create them

When I threw out my “30 days of intentional living” idea, many of you said, “Count me in.” As I ponder and think through what my goals are for that month, I am the first to understand that encouraging you […]

How to Set a Beautiful Table

Simple Table Setting with tutorial on how to set a proper table

 One of the homemaking skills I am working on with our daughters is the ability to set a nice table – both functionally and beautifully. In the day and age where dinner is done in a dash, and paper plates […]

Cooking for Large Groups: Recipes for Large Groups


I love an impromptu troop full of “terrible teens” filling our home. (Terrible teens? I beg to differ…”) And with that troop came so much beauty and bedlam…. We love to open our home, but it doesn’t happen nearly enough […]

Homestead Hospitality…only at my ‘haven’


I sincerely believe in the spirit of a “Welcome Home” mentality.I want every single one of you to feel as if you could “make yourself at home” on our home stead, and come away refreshed and renewed from your stay.I […]